Donald Trump and his legal team have hit back at suggestions he could soon be impeached, with his lawyer saying that the American people would “revolt” if such a move was taken.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who is now a legal adviser to Mr Trump, said that it was “inevitable” any attempt at impeachment would fail.
Meanwhile Mr Trump himself claimed that the stock market would “crash” and leave people across the country “very poor” if he was ever forced from office.
He also did not rule out pardoning Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager found guilty of bank and tax fraud just two days ago who faces up to 80 years in jail.
The push-back came as new details emerged about the illegal hush money payments made to two women who claimed affairs with Mr Trump before the 2016 election.
Headlines in America continued to be dominated by the claim from Michael Cohen, the president’s former personal attorney and fixer, that Mr Trump ordered him to make the deals.
Mr Cohen pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws over the payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, which he said was an attempt to "influence" the election.
Mr Trump has admitted the payments came from him but denied any laws were broken, insisting the money did not come from campaign finances.
By implicating Mr Trump as a co-conspirator in a crime, Mr Cohen triggered fresh debate about impeachment – a process that sees US congressmen vote on removing a sitting president from office.
Mr Trump responded in a Fox News interview broadcast on Thursday. "I don’t know how you can impeach somebody who’s done a great job,” he said.
“I’ll tell you what, if I ever got impeached I think the market would crash. I think everybody would be very poor.”
Mr Giuliani, who talked to Sky News after playing golf in Scotland during a break, was equally dismissive, painting Mr Cohen as a liar and Mr Trump as having little to answer.
“You have this Cohen guy, he doesn’t know anything about Russian collusion, doesn’t know anything about obstruction. He’s a massive liar. If anything, it’s turned very much in the president’s favour.”
He added: "You could only impeach him for political reasons and the American people would revolt against that."
Impeachment, which would first see politicians in the House of Representatives and then the Senate vote on removing Mr Trump, is still a way off.
Both bodies, which make up the US Congress, are held by the Republicans – Mr Trump’s party – and few senior congressmen have publicly backed such a move.
Leading Democrats have urged caution ahead of the mid-term elections in November, appearing to fear being accused of political opportunism if they pushed for impeachment.
Some have insisted that any decision should wait until Robert Mueller, the special counsel looking into Russian election meddling and obstruction of justice claims against Mr Trump, has concluded his investigation.
In Mr Trump’s interview with Fox News he suggested that ‘flipping’, where someone agrees to tell prosecutors what they know in turn for leniency, should be made illegal. He also gave his presidency so far a rating of “A+”.
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